Saturday, March 23, 2019

The sixth leg

They may not be very popular in general, but I think they are extremely interesting and photogenic: Insects.
Here is a little insight into the insect world of Costa Rica. I took all these pictures with my 100mm f2.8 macro lens.

I will start with the most popular one, a butterfly. The Rosita Patch (Chlosyne rosita). Both pictures show the same animal. I especially like the looks of the underside of the wings.

Chlosyne rosita - Rosita Patch

Chlosyne rosita - Rosita Patch

I am not entirely sure about the ID of this one, but I assume it's a Leafhopper (Paromenia auroguttata). During a night-time search for Glass Frogs along a stream I found this little "false alert" creature underneath a leaf. 

Paromenia auroguttata - Leafhopper

This Lubber Grasshopper (Taeniopoda sp.) can occur in very high numbers. It was a little windy while I took the picture, so it was the best to focus on an individual on the ground, instead of the other ones shaking around in the vegetation.

Taeniopoda sp. - Lubber Grasshopper

A very pretty, golden beetle: The Shining Leaf Chafer (Pelidnota strigosa) 

Pelidnota strigosa - Shining Leaf Chafer

Most katydids are herbivores. The Rhinoceros Katydid (Copiphora cultricornis) feeds on plants too, but thanks to its mighty jaw, it is able to prey also on animals. The diet includes insects and invertebrates and even small frogs or lizards.

I don't know what species of grasshoppers those are, but they make sure, there will be offspring.

Mating Grasshopper

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